Bachelor of Arts (BA)/MSSP

Submatriculation Plan

Open to Penn College Undergraduate Students

Submatriculation into the Master of Science in Social Policy Program is an exciting option available to committed, exceptional students in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania who want to undertake policy studies toward an MSSP, starting in the senior year of their undergraduate program.

Requirements for submatriculating into the Master of Science in Social Policy (MSSP) program include:

  • application for submatriculation
  • application for the MSSP Program
  • a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher

Please note the following:

  • Attainment of the bachelor’s degree is necessary before continuing to the final semester of the MSSP Program. The MSSP degree will be completed in the semester after the BA is awarded. A total of ten (10) graduate courses must be completed to confer MS in Social Policy.
  • The MSSP Program will accept SAT/ACT test scores in lieu of the GRE.
  • The College requires their students to complete and submit a submatriculation application form along with consultation from the College advising office. This form must also be submitted to the SP2 Admissions Office before the application review process can begin. The form can be emailed to apply@sp2.upenn.edu or delivered to the Caster Building (3701 Locust Walk).

Students should apply for submatriculation in the spring of their sophomore or junior years. An individual plan of study will be prepared and agreed upon by the appropriate College advisor and the School of Social Policy & Practice to assure the integrity of both degree programs. Submatriculants remain eligible for undergraduate financial aid for the normal eight (8) semesters of the BA program. Submatriculants are not eligible to receive scholarships from the School of Social Policy & Practice. They may, however, apply for federal student financial aid.

Basic Educational Plan for BA/MSSP Degree*

Senior Year: FallSenior Year: Spring
MSSP 628: Policy Analysis of Issues, Strategy and ProcessMSSP 631: Law & Social Policy
MSSP 630: Quantitative ReasoningMSSP 897: Applied Linear Modeling
MSSP 632: Capstone Seminar I: Policy Communication (0.5 cu)
Summer
MSSP 633: Capstone Seminar II: Policy Internship (0.5 cu)
Fifth Year: Fall
MSSP 629: Research and Evaluation Design
MSSP 668: Economics for Social Policy
MSSP Elective
MSSP Elective
MSSP Elective

*Any 2 to 4 courses within the MSSP program in the School of Social Policy & Practice may be used toward the undergraduate degree in the School of Arts and Sciences (with the approval of the undergraduate Advisor).